The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) banned several children programs on pay TV, DStv and GOtv because they were said to promote homosexuality. KFCB’s CEO Ezekiel Mutua declared that the company received too much complaints from the viewers.
An investigation has been opened about these allegations, it was established that the kids’ shows are indeed legitimate shows and owned by Multichoice. The banned programs include Loud House, the Legend of Korra and Hey Arnold, which are animation TV shows aired on the Nickelodeon channels. Others are Steven Universe and Adventure Time on Cartoon Network, another channel available on DSTV and GOTV.
In a statement KFCB declared: “Most parents in Kenya may not be aware that the children’s programs are laced with retrogressive and bizarre messages intended to promote the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender agenda in the country”.
KFBC added that the programs bear misleading age suitability ratings that are inconsistent with the KFCB content classification guidelines and indeed against the laws of Kenya.
However Philip Wahome, Multichoice PRO declared to not have received any formal statement from KFBC and commented: “We cannot act on reports from social media. We need formal communication from KFCB so that we can take the appropriate action.”